A popular ad campaign that currently appears on broadcasts of college football games talks about “blimpworthy moments,” and San Marino High School senior and Rose Princess Sherry Ma has experienced her share of those recently as a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Blimpin!’” Sherry said as she headed towards that iconic airship located at Goodyear Blimp Base 64CL in Carson just a few days ago to participate in the Court’s traditional cruise over Southern California.
One might wonder if her feet will ever return to terra firma after the whirlwind journey that is coming to a close following hundreds of appearances, capped off by Tuesday’s magical journey down Colorado Boulevard as one of the seven who were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 local young ladies who auditioned for a spot on the Royal Court.
The day more than lived up to expectations, especially that one experience she had been anticipating since she was named to the Royal Court.
“Rounding the corner from Orange Grove Blvd. onto Colorado Blvd. was every bit the iconic moment that everyone had been telling us about over the past three months,” Sherry told The Tribune on Wednesday morning. “I couldn’t stop smiling the whole ride down the parade route, seeing all the familiar faces of family, friends and community members in the crowd. The best part was when we’d make eye contact with a little girl and blow a kiss. They would get the biggest smile on their face and run to their mom all jittery and excited. I even heard one parent tell their daughter, ‘that’s going to be you one day.’”
Sherry was chosen in late September along with San Marino’s Louise Deser Siskel, who was later chosen to serve as the 2019 Rose Queen. Sherry said she has greatly enjoyed the experience and has earned a crash course lesson in time management.
At San Marino High School, Sherry is currently editor-in-chief of the Titanian Yearbook, president and founder of the Make-A-Wish Club, and a varsity basketball manager. As a three-year member of the school’s Titan Shield newspaper, Sherry has been a frequent contributor to The Tribune.
This past summer, she attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University as a National Youth Correspondent.
“We got a chance to tour the nation’s capitol and interact and discuss issues with some of the top voices in media and journalism,” Sherry told The Tribune.
The daughter of Alex Luk and Kristy Ma, Sherry enjoys playing the flute and piano, reading, dancing, and spending time with friends. She plans to study communication and media studies and would like to attend Emerson College, Fordham University, New York University, or the University of Southern California. Sherry has a sister, Sally Yang.
“Music is a language that is spoken through emotions,” Sherry said, referring to the theme of the 2019 Rose Parade, which featured Chaka Khan as Grand Marshal. “Not everyone can understand words, but everyone understands the power of love and kindness. We are all connected, just like the music notes that are intermittently connected. Music gives you the power to reach people you know, and even the people you don’t know. The ‘Melody of Life’ is about the musical conversation all around us that expresses what cannot be said. This melody can help humans forget their differences and come together to transform negativity into hope, freedom, and color. This year’s theme has a very deep emotional connection to me because of how passionate I am about artistic expression.”